I picked up this book because I love Austenesque stories and I was enthralled at the idea of Austen paired with paranormal. I’ve always been one to believe that out of all Jane Austen’s characters aside from the villains; Darcy is the easiest to believe as a paranormal creature. I anticipated and then enjoyed the author’s transformation of Darcy from just brooding hero to brooding vampire hero.
The majority of the story follows true to the original Pride and Prejudice plot with large chunks of it being actual quotes so I won’t re-cap the story line other than to point out the differences.
In this one, we get most of the storyline from Darcy’s point of view (which is always a good thing in my opinion). We get his thoughts has he fights his growing need for Elizabeth that at first he thinks is entirely due to the curse of vampirism. This plot filled in the gaps of the original when Darcy is not part of the scenes. I loved the extra scenes with Georgiana and Col. Fitz. There was also a few new characters in the person of Darcy’s enigmatic valet and the Colonel’s love interest the Countess. Wickham was also a vampire and it was interesting how he was portrayed. He is still his selfish and self-absorbed self who doesn’t mind the opportunity to do Darcy a bad turn, but considering he is a vampire I feel that he could have been much worse.
I was tracking along merrily with the plot, tone and pace of the story until we got to the moments near the end of the original Pride and Prejudice. I have to say that I felt like suddenly I had been dropped into a different book when it came to Lizzy. She went a little wishy-washy to me when she started to get mishish about what other people thought and started the hot and cold treatment with Darcy. Where did the woman who stood up to Lady Catherine go to when she is suddenly worried about her mother and Aunt Phillips’ opinions? Where did the woman who accepted and loved everything about Darcy disappear to? She said she accepted him completely and then suddenly she goes back on this and refuses to countenance a relationship without full disclosure even if it is about things that hurt and trouble him.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind when an author tweaks a character’s personality a little to show us a different facet of the story, but I guess I wasn’t fond of it happening after the character has long been established within the same story.
By no means did the above issue cause me to dislike the story or not enjoy it because I had a good time with the paranormal elements infused into the plot or how the romance progressed. I suppose that I should mention that the romance gets steamy in those end chapters so that those who prefer not to read Austenesque of that nature are warned. I’m very eager to read the sequel after reading that dangling thread left in the epilogue.
I recommend this story to those who enjoy Austenesque stories or to those who enjoy historical paranormal romance.